The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Therefore, the Jack McDowell School of Leadership empowers spiritually motivated leaders to grow in character, compassion and competencies.


Mentoring and Coaching that shapes leaders according to God’s designed purpose for their lives.  


Training and Development that transforms both the person and the practices of Christian leaders.


Leader development that is accessible to all leaders who desire to grow in their spiritual walk and in their leadership capacity and skill.


Collaborative Partnerships within and beyond The Salvation Army that enables leaders to reach their maximum potential.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development, an arm of The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College, USA Southern Territory!

This school is unique to the Southern Territory and the long-held dream of Mr. Jack McDowell.  Understanding the need for growth and development of officers, soldiers, employees, and other constituents of Salvation Army leaders, the School was launched organizationally by the Territorial Commander in 2004, Commissioner Phil Needham.  Mr. McDowell endowed the School, enabling contextualized and mission-infused curriculum that shape the person and practices of every leader.

Leader(ship) Development has many facets and forms. The goal of SLD is to provide ongoing leader  resources and training.  Leaders who continually work at personal growth and development in the areas of character and competencies will be a strong attraction for and help to those in their sphere of influence.

We offer the best practices from research and literature over the disciplines of Spiritual Formation, Business and Education as well as Spirit-led wisdom that shapes leaders who transform their worlds. The Salvation Army is not merely a corporate entity, although it possesses corporate characteristics. It is a part of the living, dynamic Body of Christ and, as such, submits to the Lordship and leadership of Jesus before offering anything that shapes the development of colleagues.

We are blessed to serve you and to serve with you!

Major Dr. Joanne Holz, Director

The Salvation Army Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development

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